Thursday, 3 September 2015

Van Gaal accused of 'holding back young English talent'


Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was wanted by a number of clubs on loan but has been kept at Manchester United despite Sergio Romero's spell as No.1 and David De Gea's failed transfer.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been accused of "holding back young English talent" by the agent of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Van Gaal had promoted Johnstone to second choice in his pecking order this summer after ruling Victor Valdes out of contention and refusing to play David De Gea amid links to Real Madrid.
Argentina international Sergio Romero has been the club's No.1 for the first six games of the season but De Gea is expected to be back in contention after his transfer to the Spanish club collapsed.
Johnstone, 22, had been wanted by a number of clubs on a loan deal but was not allowed to leave Old Trafford, and Jordan Segal has hit out at Van Gaal for his handling of the goalkeeping situation.
"Sam just wants to play football but Manchester United are holding him back and not even playing him," he told theDaily Mail.
"He is a young goalkeeper and it is time for him to play regularly. If that is not at Manchester United, then it has to be elsewhere. This is an example of young English talent being held back by Van Gaal.
"The start of the season was the perfect opportunity to give Sam his chance to prove he can play for United. He is ready.
"If they do not want him to play then he needs to move for the sake of his career. He cannot sit on the bench or in the reserves.
"England should have as many goalkeepers as possible to pick from. Given the early progress in his career that is the level he is aiming for. He is not going to get there by not playing."

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